“Komodo will close to the public in 2020”, “Wildlife fans planning to visit Komodo Island to hang out with the largest lizards on earth in 2020 will have to adjust their Indonesia travel plans”… there have been some misleading headlines and reports in the press over the past few days, and so we’d like to set the record straight.
Yes, there has been talk about Komodo Island being closed to the public for one year, from January 2020 – and yes, it looks like this will happen. Discussions have been ongoing for some months, but it seems likely now that this “closure” will come into effect from January 2020. However – Komodo National Park will still be accessible, visitors will still be able to see Komodo dragons, dive sites will remain open and the closure of Komodo Island will certainly not impact Dunia Baru’s Komodo charters.
Komodo National Park is the only place in the world where the famous Komodo dragons exist in the wild – but the park is far larger than Komodo Island. According to Unesco, the land area of the Komodo Biosphere Reserve and National Park extends for 3,329 square kilometers – and of that, Komodo Island accounts for just 390 square kilometers.
The proposed closure will affect Komodo island only; the aim is to allow the natural habitat to rejuvenate in order to sustain the island’s population of dragons and deer. While Komodo dragons share their name with Komodo island, they can also be found on Rinca, Padar and Gili Motong and on some parts of Flores. The ranger station on Rinca is well established and there are various trails from this ranger station that visitors can walk with guides – this will remain open to visitors in 2020.
All dive locations in the park are set to remain open and for marine-based operations it will be business as usual.
Dunia Baru sails the waters of Komodo National Park and surrounds from April until October. If you would like to charter the superyacht, please contact your broker.